Thursday, March 24, 2011

Maryland hand-me-downs

What a stunning denunciation of the state of our transit system that we are leasing trains from Maryland, just to keep things afloat. Maryland's investment in its system is so much better than ours that their surplus markedly upgrades our regular fleet.

Really, really deplorable.


Anonymous said...

Their investment is better than ours? One of the most laughable things Ive ever seen. Go look at their commuter rail schedule and get back to me on that.

Protip: Try riding a train on the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Why do ALL these Gov't Agencies do nothing (Thats right ALL & NOTHING) until the tunnel collapses, the trains stop running, or the lights fall down
Just do the job?
Government is Failing and it is sad very sad

Adam said...

In defense of the MBTA, this is sometimes what they have to do to stretch an old fleet until a new one arrives, and they probably need to match the equipment to avoid further costs. This doesn't necessarily mean Maryland turns their fleet over regularly, just that their last purchase cycle hit 20 years later than ours.

Adam said...

and if it makes you feel any better, the MBTA has sold its old equipment to systems perhaps even worse off. Many of the old Boeing cars went to a compatible fleet in San Francisco a while back.